What a difference a few feet can make in sports. Boise State freshmen Simon Wardhaugh missed qualifying for Friday's final in the hammer throw by four feet at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships today in Sacramento. Wardhaugh had a throw of 203 feet, one inch to place 16th in the event. His throw was 13 feet shy of his personal best in the event, which would have easily qualified today.
Teammate Mattias Jons downed defending national champion Spyridon Jullien of Virginia Tech to own the top qualifying throw going into the finals. What does it mean? Absolutely nothing, other than perhaps a bit of a psychological victory. The slate will be wiped clean and Jons will finish anywhere from 1st to 12th when the finals begin Friday afternoon at 1.
Bronco senior Jackieann Morain did not advance in the women's 400. Morain finished sixth in her heat today with a time of 54.04.
With Wardhaugh not qualifying for the hammer final, Bronco hopes of finishing in the top ten are a longshot with no room for error. Keron Francis and Scott Viafore compete in the javelin beginning tomorrow (Thursday) at 2:15. Both must qualify and then place high in the finals for Boise State to crack the top ten.
Eleni Kafourou will be the final Bronco to compete--she's set to compete in the qualifiying round of the triple jump at 2 Friday afternoon.
Live results from the National Championships are available at www.flashresults.com/2006_Meets/outdoor/ncaa1/ .